The main active ingredient in the herb feverfew is parthenolide, a
phytochemical that provides feverfew its anti-inflammatory properties. The herb also
believed to sooth the blood vessels in the head, and prevent blood vessel spasms which may
contribute to headaches and other resulting problems. Feverfew was known to the
ancient Egyptians and Greeks who regarded it as a valuable remedy to alleviate headaches,
joint and stomach aches, menstrual stress and help maintain normal body temperature.
The feverfew plant is rich in sesquiterpene lactones, the principal one
being parthenolide. Other constituents include essential oils, flavonoid glycosides,
pinene derivatives and costic acid. Feverfew should be taken regularly to receive maximum
protection and benefit.
Feverfew also contains niacin and iron, and provides nutrition to the
central nervous system.
Feverfew should not be used during pregnancy or if nursing.
Feverfew is also known as: